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SHOE REVIEW: Nike Terra Kiger 2

Nike Terra Kiger 2

Nike gets flack from running purists. They’re a big company, so it’s easy to dislike them. I am not a purist. I’m practical. If something is made well and works well, I like it. I like the Nike Terra Kiger 2. I don’t know if you’d like it, but I’d say it’s worth a try if you’re looking for a very lightweight, minimal trail running shoe that’s got just enough cushioning to smooth out your run. And at only 8.5 ounces for men and 7.1 ounces for women, it feels like it’ll just float away compared to other trail running shoes.

I took them on a 20-mile run on a mix of pavement, hard packed dirt and loose gravel with rocks up Mt. Evans recently to put them to the test. (By the way, yes, that’s a herd of elk between my shoe and that band of snow.) Here’s my take:

THE UPPER: Awesome! The upper of the Nike Terra Kiger 2 grabs your foot like a solid handshake. It’s super light and thin, (and breathable!), yet has just enough foam padding in the collar and tongue to make it really comfy. No hot spots anywhere on this shoe. The wide toebox lets your toes spread out like they’re supposed to. The toebox is a tad on the loose side, which takes some getting used to, but your foot still stays put. No sliding around and no blisters. One note of caution: because the upper is so light you won’t get much protection, so don’t get mad and go kicking rocks with this shoe.

THE MIDSOLE: Nice! This is a neutral shoe so you won’t find any pronation controlling support. Nike packed a nice hunk of ZOOM cushioning into this shoe. I’m a fan of Nike’s ZOOM. It’s basically an air pouch that serves up a springy, but not squishy, ride. It’s firm, yet very absorptive. Take a closer look at Nike ZOOM here.

THE OUTSOLE: Grippy Tread is pretty sticky on the Terra Kiger 2. The rubber is on the soft side and tread pattern does a great job grabbing the trail. The only downside is that the rock plate is thin, so you feel rocks. Not a big deal for short trail runs, but after a lot of miles I’m guessing you’ll feel some foot fatigue and soreness.

THE RUNDOWN Overall, I really dig the Nike Terra Kiger 2. Comfy, light, Definitely a shoe to keep in my quiver.

Steve Lemig

Steve Lemig is the founder of Wilderdad. He's been a lot of things over the years. Skateboarder. Mountain biker. Climber. Snowboarder. Bike mechanic. Forest firefighter. Woodworker. Creative director. These days he's a runner, writer, husband, and father. He writes stories to empower dads and encourage them to share outdoor adventures with their kids as a tool to strengthen families and build respect for the environment. He has also been the Managing Editor at Road Runner Sports for the last 11 years.